Following its world show debut in Paris earlier this month, Renault has now confirmed pricing for its eagerly-awaited New Laguna Coupé, ranging from £20,995 to £27,995.
The new Laguna flagship has more than just the sector-leading BMW 3-Series Coupé in its sights. With a raft of high-performance engines, impressive equipment levels and 4Control chassis in its Coupé GT guise, the svelte four-seater has a formidable arsenal.
- New Laguna Coupé launches with seven versions across two trim levels: Coupé and Coupé GT, priced from £20,995 to £27,995
- Entry-level petrol version, Coupé 2.0 Turbo 205, undercuts equivalent BMW 325i SE Coupe by considerable £6,805, plus £1,000 more equipment
- High standard equipment levels including: 18″ alloy wheels, Arkamys 3D Sound 140W audio system with MP3 CD reader, eight airbags, automatic lights and wipers, dual zone climate control, rear parking sensors and xenon headlights
- Top-of-the-range Coupé GT specification adds: 4Control chassis, automatic parking brake, electrically heated and folding door mirrors, leather upholstery and Renault Hands Free keycard
- Wealth of options for luxury customisation: BOSE sound system, full colour 3D satellite navigation with Bluetooth and 230W audio system MP3 6CD changer (in-dash), heated front seats with driver’s side electrically adjustable with memory and tyre pressure monitor
- Four engines at launch – two petrol and two diesel, including new 2.0 dCi 180 FAP and 3.5 V6 240. 3.0 V6 dCi 235 FAP to follow in early 2009
- Available to order mid-November and in dealerships 2nd January 2009
In keeping with its elegant and muscular lines, the Coupé naturally receives the finest engines from the New Laguna range, as well as two new ones of its own, both with the advent of V6 power. At launch, four engines will be available, evenly split between petrol and diesel: 2.0 Turbo 205 and 3.5 V6 240, followed by the 2.0 dCi 150 and 2.0 dCi 180 FAP. The latter receives a 5hp power increase from the current dCi 175 in the rest of the New Laguna range, together with a particulate filter. The new flagship diesel engine, 3.0 V6 dCi 235 FAP, arrives in early 2009. Automatic transmission is available on the 2.0 dCi 150 and standard on 3.5 V6 240 and 3.0 V6 dCi 235.
As befits a luxury coupé, standard equipment levels are impressive. Coupé trim level includes Arkamys 3D Sound 140W audio system with MP3 CD reader and Bluetooth, 18″ ‘Interlagos’ alloy wheels, eight airbags, automatic lights and wipers, dual zone climate control, electric heated door mirrors, MP3 player connection, rear parking sensors, Super Fold rear seat system, twin chrome exhausts (except 2.0 dCi 150 manual) and xenon headlights.
The top-of-the-range Coupé GT benefits from Renault’s innovative 4Control chassis, first seen on GT versions of New Laguna Hatch and Sport Tourer.
Developed jointly by Renault and Renault Sport Technologies, 4Control, the four-wheel steering system, ensures the ultimate in driving pleasure, handling, dynamic response and steering precision.
The 4Control chassis brings many benefits, starting with improved manoeuvrability, sharpened dynamic response, and unrivalled steering precision giving the driver truly intuitive control over the cornering line, achieving new heights in driveability and active safety. In town and on country roads, the car is easy to drive: highly manoeuvrable and precise. The car also corners with very little body roll and a precise line is achieved through small steering inputs. Last but by no means least, the 4Control chassis excels in active safety, both under difficult braking conditions (with impressive control over asymmetrical grip and with the ESP matched to a more sporting driving style), and during avoidance manoeuvres at speed (‘elk’ test).
In addition to its 4Control chassis, flagship Coupé GT specification adds: 18″ ‘Celsium’ alloy wheels, cruise control, automatic parking brake, electrochrome rear view mirror, electrically heated and folding door mirrors, GT leather steering wheel, leather upholstery (choice of beige, dark carbon, light grey or ‘camel’), Renault Hands Free keycard and speed limiter.
At £22,345, the entry-level petrol, Coupé 2.0 Turbo 205 undercuts its equivalent BMW rival, the 325i SE Coupe, by a not insignificant £6,805 at list price, even without taking into account its additional £1,000 worth of equipment.
As well as its generous equipment list, the New Laguna Coupé range offers ample opportunity to tailor versions to individual tastes through several options:
- £700 BOSE sound system (10 loudspeakers and amplifier)
- £400 Front and rear parking sensors (Coupé GT)
- £300 Heated front seats
- £500 Heated front seats with electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory and folding door mirrors with memory
- £450 Metallic paint
- £975 Full colour 2D satellite navigation with Bluetooth
- £1,750 Full colour 3D satellite navigation with Bluetooth and 230W audio system MP3 6CD changer (in-dash)
- £2,200 Full colour 3D satellite navigation with Bluetooth and 230W audio system MP3 6CD changer (in-dash) and BOSE sound system
- £400 Twin chrome exhausts (Coupé dCi 150 manual)
- £250 Tyre pressure monitor